Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education

If you have a genuine interest in helping children realize their dreams, Rollins can provide you with the education to succeed in the classroom.


Do you already have a bachelor's degree and want to get certified to teach? Become eligible for a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading (K-6) while earning your master's degree through the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Experience the intimate environment of a private liberal arts college responsive to the adult learner who balances academics with a job and family. With an average faculty-to-student ratio of 12:1, our smaller classes will give you the personal attention and individualized instruction necessary for development as a professional educator.

Technology, diversity, and cutting-edge instructional strategies are at the core of our programs. You will take course and fieldwork that focus on the exceptionally diverse school-age population in Florida and around the world. Get a global perspective on education by participating in a teacher-led field study to China, the Netherlands, Rwanda, or Costa Rica.

Credit hours: 49
Program length: 5 semesters or 7 semesters
Total program cost (2018-19 tuition rate of $541 per credit): $26,509

CURRENT STUDENTS: Click here to access Education Department forms.

our graduates are in demand!

100% of Master of Arts in Teaching 2015 program completers found in-field employment after graduation.


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a state-approved teacher education program. Designed for those who wish to teach in elementary schools, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) provides opportunities for students to pursue graduate studies and to meet professional certification requirements for teaching in Florida. The M.A.T. program focuses on the mastery of content specialization, the teaching/learning process, and the application of educational research to classroom activities. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an area other than elementary education.

The curriculum combines strong academics with intensive practical experiences in the classroom, including a one semester internship at an area elementary school. Successful graduates become eligible for a Florida Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading (K-6).

Program of Study:

Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading (K-6)

Professional Education Requirements (24 credits)

EDU 501               Sociological Foundations of Education [3]

EDU 504               Psychological Foundations of Education [3]

EDU 512               Strategies for Instruction, Learning and Classroom Management [3]

EDU 513               Curriculum Theory and Educational Assessment for Diverse Learners [3]

EDU 533               Student Teaching: Elementary [6]

EDU 540               Seminar in Classroom Management [3]

EDU 580               The Multicultural Classroom: Cross Cultural Communication and Understanding [3]

Elementary Specialization Requirements (10 credits)

EED 563                Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School [3]

EED 563L               Elementary School Mathematics Lab [1]

EED 564                Teaching Elementary School Science [3]

EED 566                Teaching Elementary School Social Studies [3]

Reading Sequence (15 credits)

RED 509               Foundations of Reading [3]

RED 569               Research-Based Practices in Reading and Language Arts [3]

RED 575               Diagnostic Techniques in Reading [3]

RED 577               Demonstration of Accomplishment in Reading [3]

RED 568               Differentiation in Language Arts and Content Area Instruction [3]

  • Program requirements are subject to change based upon Florida legislative mandates. 
  • To view course descriptions and additional curriculum information, please see the graduate catalog.


Classes at Rollins are personal and interactive. Devoted to teaching and supportive of adult learners, Rollins professors go out of their way to help students achieve their goals. Faculty include nationally prominent professors who remain active in the teaching profession. In addition to their ongoing scholarship and dedication to teaching, they serve on governing boards of professional journals and national and state associations. Rollins faculty and staff are committed to your success and to making your college experience rewarding.                          

Wendy Brandon

Associate Professor

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Brandon's teaching areas include social foundations of education and multicultural education research methods. Her research analyzes the role of race, class, and gender in school success. Currently she is completing a manuscript entitled Teaching for Global Consciousness.                        

Margot Fadool

Assistant Professor and Director of Field Placements

Ed.D., University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Fadool teaches courses in diagnosis of reading difficulties, language arts, and children’s literature. Her research interests include reading attitudes, writing workshop and technology in education.

Jenn Manak
Associate Professor and Reading Coordinator
Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida

Dr. Manak teaches literacy courses infused with strategies to support culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her research interests include the interconnected nature of reading and writing instruction, the impact of culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogies on diverse students’ literacy learning, and education in Latin America.  

J. Scott Hewit

Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Ed.D. Early Childhood Education, Ball State University 

Dr. Hewit teaches courses in instructional strategies, special needs, and curriculum.  His research interests include candidate impact on P-12 student learning, public policy, and education in Rwanda.                        

H. James McLaughlin

Professor and Richard James Mertz Chair of Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. McLaughlin teaches courses in curriculum development and analysis, social foundations of education, and global perspectives of education. His research interests include the education of Latino students, education in rural schools in Latin America, and the history of the education of immigrants in the U.S.A.

Jie Yu

Assistant Professor and ESOL Coordinator

B.A. Pedagogy, East China Normal University; M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, East China Normal University; PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University

Dr. Yu teaches foundations, math methods, and multicultural courses in education. Her research interests include curriculum studies, classroom teaching and learning, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and multicultural education.

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